Photography Safaris

CHOBE RIVER PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI

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Pangolin Chobe Hotel - deck and swimming pool

A seven day photography safari in Chobe National Park.

Chobe is the best year-round wildlife photography destination in Africa – there is always something to photograph in Chobe! Add to that the option to photograph from the land as well as the water on custom photo boats, and you have everything you need for a world-class photo safari destination.

Chobe is home to the largest elephant population in Africa, and you will also get your fill of great predator sightings and spectacular birdlife.  Chobe’s location between two other iconic destinations (Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta) means it is easy to extend your safari and visit either or both of these safari bucket list locations.

ITINERARY

To take full advantage of this experience, we suggest arriving in Kasane the day before the safari. Contact us for accommodation options in Kasane.

Day 1 – 3: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (luxury mobile safari camp)
You will be met by your professional photographer who will be your host for the duration of the safari. If you do not have your own camera equipment you will be supplied with a camera and telephoto lens.

The safari starts with a game drive through Chobe National Park in a custom built 8-seater open 4×4 game viewing vehicle. Each person will have a “window” which makes it that bit easier to get that perfect shot.

The camp is in the far western section of Chobe National Park. The animals of Chobe are generally very relaxed, which is one of the main reasons why photography is so good, and you will often have herds of herbivores like elephants, zebra and buffalo wandering past the camp during the day. You will explore this amazing area on morning and afternoon game drives and spend the evening with your photographic host, who will teach you how to choose and edit the best images you have taken on the game drives.

You will stay in exclusive private campsites located far from any other campsites. There are five large walk-in tents sleeping a maximum of eight guests (room for a couple of singles) with a dining tent that doubles as an editing area. Each of the tents has twin beds with linen and en-suite facilities. This comprises a toilet, basin and a bucket shower that can be filled to the brim with warm water straight from the campfire when needed. This is “glamping”!

Our chefs are masters at producing delicious meals from the nearby bush kitchen, and the support vehicle has enough cold storage to make sure the drinks are always chilled. After dinner, there is time to sit around the campfire and enjoy this true wilderness experience and chat about the many photographic opportunities that we’ve had throughout the day.
Included meals: breakfast lunch & dinner

Day 4 – 6: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (Pangolin Chobe Hotel)
Today you leave the mobile camp behind you and slowly make your way east towards Pangolin Chobe Hotel. The hotel sits on the plateau overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains below. Completed in 2018 the hotel has 14 rooms and is designed around a wildlife photography gallery featuring inspiring images from Africa and beyond.

With its proximity to the Chobe River, most of the game activities are done on the custom-built photography boats with the same photo host who accompanied you on the first part of the trip.

By this time you will have improved your photography and will be feeling confident shooting on manual camera settings. This will allow you more creative control over your images and you’ll spend more time on the boats perfecting various techniques.

Each boat seats eight people all in a row down the middle with room for everyone to rotate 360 degrees. Each seat has a custom camera gimbal on which you’ll mount your camera and lens. We tend to use bigger telephoto lenses (150-600mm) on the river than on the game drives (100-400mm) as you don’t need to hand hold the cameras on the boat.

You’ll enjoy twice daily game activities on the river and also one or two game drives in a very game-dense part of the Chobe that we could not get to from the mobile camp. In between activities you can relax at the eco-pool or make use of our air-conditioned editing room at the end of the gallery. Your photo host will be on hand during the day to help you with postproduction. Access to computers is limited in Chobe, so we suggest that you bring a laptop with you for image review sessions. Otherwise, you’ll get plenty of memory cards to fill throughout the safari to take your images home with you.

Meals are taken as often as possible out on the deck or in the interleading dining room, with the fabulous chefs dishing out wholesome meals with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The evening meals vary from braai (barbeque) nights, to gourmet pizzas cooked in our woodfired oven. Most dietary needs can be catered for. The bar on the upper floor has spectacular views and the best cocktails in Kasane and is a great place to relax after dinner with your fellow travellers. Alternatively, the sunken fire pit is always a hit!
Included meals: breakfast lunch & dinner

Day 7: KASANE AIRPORT – SAFARI ENDS
On the final day you will be transferred by road to Kasane Airport to catch your return flight back home.

Please contact us if you would like to extend your safari to any other areas that also offer some amazing photographic opportunities.

You will leave this safari a much more accomplished photographer than when you arrived, and will have made many good friends to join you on your next safari.
Included meals: breakfast

Price:
US$ 2 950.00 per person sharing
US$ 650.00 single supplement

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Price

€2 950 pps

7 days

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photography tuition by professional wildlife photographer

  • Use of professional standard cameras & lenses

  • Luxury mobile camp in a remote area of Chobe National Park

  • Lodge stay overlooking the Chobe Floodplains

  • Excellent wildlife sightings throughout safari

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 3 nights Luxury Mobile Camp

  • 3 nights at Pangolin Chobe Hotel

  • Twice daily game activities

  • Photo tuition with professional photographer

  • Cameras, lenses and memory cards

  • Daily photo review sessions (own laptop needed)

  • All meals and drinks

  • Airport transfers (if required)

  • Park fees and tourism levies

This safari has set departure dates:

2020
03Apr20 – 09Apr20
06Apr20 – 12Apr20
12Apr20 – 18Apr20
17Apr20 – 23Apr20
08May20 – 14May20
11May20 – 17May20
17May20 – 24May20
23May20 – 29May20
13Jun20 – 19Jun20
19Jun20 – 25Jun20
13Jul20 – 19Jul20
16Jul20 – 21Jul20
22Aug20 – 28Aug20
25Aug20 – 31Aug20

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